Crossing borders: a narrative inquiry into the experiences of international graduate nursing students
international students, nursing students, graduate studies
In response to the global needs for nursing faculty, and nurses at leadership and advanced clinical practice roles, aspiring students from different countries come to Canada for their graduate nursing education. The positive reputation and the numerous perceived advantages of the education system are particularly compelling to applicants from many developing countries. However, many international students come from different social, historical, political, cultural, and educational backgrounds that deeply influence their learning experiences in Canada. Working from a space of the inquirer’s personal experience, the aim of this inquiry was to understand the experiences of international graduate nursing students across time, place, and social contexts. The focus was to unravel the two puzzles of this inquiry: What stories across social, historical, political, cultural, and educational borders shaped our identities and ways of knowing? How did our experience in Canada shift our lived stories? Four participants were invited from a Master of Nursing program at a university in Western Canada. Living alongside the participants in a series of conversations for over one year. Multiplicity of borders and identity making, border making, border crossing, and border dwelling were the four sustaining threads that resonated across our narrative accounts. These four threads provided insights into the lived experiences of tensions, the shifting of identities, and the day-to-day challenges that international students face while learning in Canada. Being aware of these experiences and acknowledging them could be a significant stride towards addressing the issues of inequity and exclusion within Canadian graduate nursing education.
Oyelana, O. (2023, July 1-5) Crossing borders: A narrative inquiry into the experiences of international graduate nursing students [Poster presentation]. Presented at the 2023 International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress, Montreal, QC, Canada.
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